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speculate
used in The Count of Monte Cristo

2 meanings, 36 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
Definition
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
  • It is time now to proceed to the last part of the speculation.
    Chapters 17-18 (77% in)
speculation = theory

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Franz passed the night in confused dreams respecting the two meetings he had already had with his mysterious tormentor, and in waking speculations as to what the morrow would produce.
    Chapters 33-34 (94% in)
  • speculations = wonderings
  • It is not usual with us corrupted wretches of civilization to find gentlemen like yourself, possessors, as you are, of immense fortune—at least, so it is said—and I beg you to observe that I do not inquire, I merely repeat;—it is not usual, I say, for such privileged and wealthy beings to waste their time in speculations on the state of society, in philosophical reveries, intended at best to console those whom fate has disinherited from the goods of this world.
    Chapters 47-48 (78% in)
  • speculations = thoughts
  • "So," said Andrea, "you are speculating upon me?"
    Chapters 63-64 (77% in)
speculating = wondering or thinking
There are no more uses of "speculate" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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2  —32 uses as in:
speculate in the stock market
Definition
to take a risk for profit—typically a risky investment
  • She will remain at home, read novels, and speculate at cards, since she can no longer do so on the Bourse.
    Chapters 105-106 (71% in)
speculate = risk money
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The result was, that Rospigliosi and Spada paid for being cardinals, and eight other persons paid for the offices the cardinals held before their elevation, and thus eight hundred thousand crowns entered into the coffers of the speculators.
    Chapters 17-18 (77% in)
  • The master was to get all this out of Leghorn free of duties, and land it on the shores of Corsica, where certain speculators undertook to forward the cargo to France.
    Chapters 22-23 (74% in)
  • During the war with Spain he was employed in the commissariat of the French army, and made a fortune; then with that money he speculated in the funds, and trebled or quadrupled his capital;
    Chapters 27-28 (34% in)
  • speculated = made risky investments
  • He returned to France with the epaulet of sub-lieutenant, and as the protection of the general, who is in the highest favor, was accorded to him, he was a captain in 1823, during the Spanish war—that is to say, at the time when Danglars made his early speculations.
    Chapters 27-28 (40% in)
  • speculations = risky investments
  • "Do not give yourselves the trouble, excellency," returned Signor Pastrini, with the smile peculiar to the Italian speculator when he confesses defeat; "I will do all I can, and I hope you will be satisfied."
    Chapters 33-34 (3% in)
  • Why, upon my soul, my dear fellow, it strikes me that our elegant and attentive neighbor must either be some successful stock-jobber who has speculated in the fall of the Spanish funds, or some prince travelling incog.
    Chapters 33-34 (99% in)
  • speculated = made risky investment
  • You are most kind; but as regards myself, I can find no merit I possess, save that, as a millionaire, I might have become a partner in the speculations of M. Aguado and M. Rothschild; but as my motive in travelling to your capital would not have been for the pleasure of dabbling in stocks, I stayed away till some favorable chance should present itself of carrying my wish into execution.
    Chapters 37-38 (73% in)
  • speculations = investments
  • Oh, what a detestable crew they are, these mercenary speculators!
    Chapters 47-48 (13% in)
  • The whole of the property, consisting of an immense workshop, two pavilions at the bottom of the garden, and the garden itself, had been purchased by Emmanuel, who had seen at a glance that he could make of it a profitable speculation.
    Chapters 49-50 (39% in)
  • speculation = investment
  • For the demon of speculation drew a line, or in other words projected a street, at the farther side of the kitchen-garden.
    Chapters 51-52 (2% in)
  • speculation = money-making investment
  • In matters of speculation, however, though "man proposes," "money
    disposes."
    Chapters 51-52 (3% in)
  • speculation = risky investment
  • More likely he has been speculating on the Bourse, and has lost money.
    Chapters 61-62 (90% in)
  • speculating = making a risky investment
  • You told me that your instinct,—and although you pretend to know nothing about speculations, I think on the contrary, that your comprehension is very clear upon certain affairs,—well, you told me that your instinct led you to believe the grant would be given to the company called the Southern.
    Chapters 65-66 (29% in)
  • speculations = risky investments
  • Do I know M. Debray?—do I wish to know him?—do I wish to know that he gives advice?—do I wish to follow it?—do I speculate? No; you do all this, not I.
    Chapters 65-66 (43% in)
  • speculate = risk money in an investment
  • On this conviction I allow her to speculate, she having her bank and her stockbroker; she speculated and lost.
    Chapters 65-66 (61% in)
  • speculate = risk money in investment
  • On this conviction I allow her to speculate, she having her bank and her stockbroker; she speculated and lost.
    Chapters 65-66 (62% in)
  • speculated = made a risky investment
  • It is true she speculates with her own money, not mine; nevertheless, you can understand that when 700,000. francs leave the wife's pocket, the husband always finds it out.
    Chapters 65-66 (62% in)
  • speculates = makes risky investments
  • Then you do not speculate?
    Chapters 65-66 (63% in)
  • speculate = risk money in investment
  • How could I speculate when I already have so much trouble in regulating my income?
    Chapters 65-66 (63% in)
  • speculate = risk money in investment
  • ...finally, I call those third-rate fortunes, which are composed of a fluctuating capital, dependent upon the will of others, or upon chances which a bankruptcy involves or a false telegram shakes, such as banks, speculations of the day—
    Chapters 65-66 (67% in)
  • speculations = risky investments
  • No, you have not;—well, you are right, for if you indulged in such reflections, you would never risk your principal, which is to the speculator what the skin is to civilized man.
    Chapters 65-66 (69% in)
  • I have made money at the same time by speculations which have succeeded.
    Chapters 65-66 (72% in)
  • speculations = risky investments
  • "Ma foi," said Danglars, "it would not be a bad speculation, I fancy, and you know I am a speculator."
    Chapters 65-66 (89% in)
  • speculation = investment
  • "Ma foi," said Danglars, "it would not be a bad speculation, I fancy, and you know I am a speculator."
    Chapters 65-66 (90% in)
  • "He is speculating in railways," said Lord Wilmore, "and as he is an expert chemist and physicist, he has invented a new system of telegraphy, which he is seeking to bring to perfection."
    Chapters 69-70 (42% in)
  • speculating = investing
  • The count is a speculator, who will certainly ruin himself in experiments.
    Chapters 69-70 (44% in)
  • That M. Danglars speculates, whereas he never does.
    Chapters 75-76 (69% in)
  • speculates = makes risky investments
  • Ah, yes; he told me it was you who sacrificed to the demon of speculation.
    Chapters 75-76 (70% in)
  • speculation = risky investment
  • Fortune is precarious; and if I were a woman and fate had made me a banker's wife, whatever might be my confidence in my husband's good fortune, still in speculation you know there is great risk.
    Chapters 75-76 (71% in)
  • speculation = risky investment
  • I have proposed to you to marry, not for your sake, for indeed I did not think of you in the least at the moment (you admire candor, and will now be satisfied, I hope); but because it suited me to marry you as soon as possible, on account of certain commercial speculations I am desirous of entering into.
    Chapters 95-96 (25% in)
  • speculations = investments
  • "Without reckoning," added Monte Cristo, "that he is on the eve of entering into a sort of speculation already in vogue in the United States and in England, but quite novel in France."
    Chapters 95-96 (53% in)
speculation = risky investment
There are no more uses of "speculate" flagged with this meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo.

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